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Prince Bernhard: Rascal or Criminal?

  April 7, 2009 at 10:46 am by

The book “Van de prins geen kwaad” by Geert Aalders has been released last week. The book combines the various columns that Aalders wrote about Prince Bernhard for the republican magazine ‘ Republikein’. The author calls the prince a charlatan and wonders how Bernhard could have been so extremely popular while he, in the author’s own words: ‘lied, made u-turns, took bribes, cheated on his wife, only pursued his own … Continue reading

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Special Flower Girl For Princess Máxima

  April 7, 2009 at 10:03 am by

The mayor of Apeldoorn, where this year’s Queen’s Day will be held, has selected eight girls to hand over flowers to the Dutch royal ladies. The mayor started a competition in which school children could send in anything related to the theme ‘Queen Beatrix and Apeldoorn’. Of the 560 creations that were received, the seven best were picked, they werte made by: Noa (8), Anna (7), Demi (7), Sophie (9), … Continue reading

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Pieter van Vollenhoven Out & About

  April 7, 2009 at 9:21 am by

April started with a busy agenda for Prof. Mr. Pieter van Vollenhoven, husband of Princess Margriet of The Netherlands. On April 3rd Van Vollenhoven went to militairy airbase Gilze-Rijen where he received a special decoration. Pieter received the number 40, that goes with the officers cross that he reiceived 25 years ago. Pieter van Volenhoven has been a reserve officer for 40 years now, hence the number. A day later, … Continue reading

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Princess Laurentien at Society to Benefit Education 225th Anniversary

  April 5, 2009 at 8:40 pm by

Yesterday, Princess Laurentien travelled to Rotterdam to attend the Society to Benefit General Education’s 225th anniversary celebration. The event took place at Rotterdam’s National Museum, where the Princess was presented with the first copy of the Society’s jubilee book. Laurentien toured the museum and viewed the exhibition celebrating the Society’s 225 years. The exhibition features original 19th century prints showing the Society’s work. For over two centuries, the Society to … Continue reading

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Willem-Alexander and Máxima attend Premiere

  April 5, 2009 at 5:44 am by

The Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima attended the premiere of the theatre production ‘MAPENZI Tamu’ (‘Sweet Love’) at the RAI Theatre in Amsterdam last night. The production is an initative of the AMREF Flying Doctors, of which the Prince is patron. The cast is compiled of former Kenyan street children, all of whom come from Nairobi. ‘MAPENZI Tamu’ shows how that even in a country where teenage pregnancy and … Continue reading

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Princess Mabel opens “Movies that Matter” Film Festival

  April 3, 2009 at 12:59 am by

Last night, Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau (in her position as director of The Elders) officially opened Amnesty International’s “Movies that Matter” film festival in The Hague. Accompanied by her husband, Queen Beatrix’s middle son Prince Friso, Mabel stated, “Movies can of course play an important role in connecting us beyond our own borders and in inspiring change. That is what Movies That Matter is all about – explaining big issues … Continue reading

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Princess Máxima opens Colourful Business Event

  April 1, 2009 at 11:30 pm by

Earlier today, Princess Máxima of the Netherlands opened the Colourful Business Event in Rotterdam’s Ahoy Centre. The Colourful Business Event focuses on entrepreneurs with cultural backgrounds, women and those who are self-employed. The event’s theme was “Networking for Success”, as networking if one of the most important elements in an organisation’s success. During the day, various guest speakers and guests participated in a number of corporate presentations and classes. The … Continue reading

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Queen Beatrix Meets President Karzai

  April 1, 2009 at 5:07 am by

Yesterday Queen Beatrix reived president Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan at an audience in Huis ten Bosch palace, The Hague. The president visited The Hague as he attended the special Afghanistan summit in the World Forum. Other attendees were US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and UN secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The latter stayed with the queen at Huis ten Bosch Palace. Earlier that day the queen visited an elementary school … Continue reading

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Prince Constantijn Supervises Stedelijk Museum

  April 1, 2009 at 4:52 am by

Queen Beatrix’s youngest son, prince Constantijn, will become a member of the supervisory board of the ‘Stedelijk Museum’ (City Museum) in Amsterdam. According to a spokesperson of the museum, Prince Constantijn has great affinity with modern and contemporary art. And the prince’s “sharp analytical skills, his international experience and his knowledge of European and international governance” has been the reason to appoint him in this function. The board also gets … Continue reading

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‘I Felt The Need To Defend Queen Juliana’

  March 31, 2009 at 6:08 am by

A new book on the late Queen Juliana (Juliana: an underestimated queen) will be available in stores tomorrow. The author tells in an interview with athe Reformatorisch Dagblad that he felt the need to defend queen Juliana after the book that was published half a year ago by Prof. C. Fasseur about the crisis at the Dutch court with faith healer Greet Hofmans in the fifties. Fasseur has been critisized for being biased and for only … Continue reading

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Biography of Princess Máxima: ‘Bridget Jones Revisited’

  March 31, 2009 at 5:46 am by

Almost a year ago it was announced that two Argentinian journalists, Gonzalo Alvarez Guerrero and Soledad Ferrari, promised a ‘revealing book abour princess Máxima of The Netherlands. They promissed to give new facts about the years that princess Máxima still lived in Argentina, about her childhood and about her love life. The princess herself didn’t seem too nervous about it: ‘My life is an open book’, she commented. Her husband … Continue reading

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Princess Margriet Plays With LEGO

  March 31, 2009 at 5:11 am by

During her visit to the ‘Zorg in Friesland’ conference, princess Margriet of the Netherlands shortly took her chance when she saw the blocks of LEGO and added some of them together during a workshop. The princess visited the Abe Lenstra stadium in Heerenveen this morning, to attend the conference of people in health care in Friesland. During the conference various people who are involved with health care at home in … Continue reading

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Princess Margriet opens Blindness Prevention Symposium

  March 27, 2009 at 1:18 am by

Princess Margriet yesterday opened a symposium at the Martini Plaza in Groningen, as part of the 75th anniversary of the General Dutch Association for the Prevention of Blindness (ANVBB). Several Dutch organisations involved in preventing blindness are attending the symposium, to bring attention to the avoidable and unnecessary sight and vision problems which can lead to blindness. Princess Margriet opened the event as patron of VISION 2020 Netherlands, the Dutch … Continue reading

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Christie’s Auctions Beatrix’s Clay Sculpture

  March 26, 2009 at 6:35 am by

At the end of this month the auction house Christie’s will auction a small clay sculpture that was made by queen Beatrix. It is a small red/brown clay sculpture of the head of a horse that she made in 1948, and it is signed: ‘Trix 48′. It is expected that the item will bring in between 2400 and 2800 Euros. Christie’s estimates are founded on the price they received last … Continue reading

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Constantijn & Laurentien attend ‘Reader’ Premiere

  March 25, 2009 at 10:54 pm by

Earlier tonight, Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien attended the Dutch premiere of The Reader, starring Kate Winslett, in Breda. The film was the opening film of the Breda International Film Festival. The film is based on the book by Bernhard Schlink. According to the RVD’s press release, the film in conjunction with the Breda International Film Festival has formed a partnership with the Stichting Lezen & Schrijven (Reading and Writing … Continue reading

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Princess Laurentien Special UNESCO Envoy

  March 24, 2009 at 5:32 pm by

Princess Laurentien will be active in fighting illiteracy and ‘low’ literacy on a global scale. She will ask for a broad plan of action for the matter: to prevent it with children and to help low/illiterate adults improving their reading and writing skills. The princess has been asked for this position because of her long and passionate involvement in the fight against illiteracy, both national and international. Among other things, … Continue reading

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MADD Take Two

  March 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm by

Saturday March 21st was Queen Beatrix’s day to step out and participate in Make A Difference Day. The Queen spent the day at the Kubes Foundation in Zeist, where she helped visually impaired people to create art. Queen Beatrix made sculptures with the members of the Foundation. And the people at the Kico Foundation in Scheerwolde got a surprise when Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien turned up to do their … Continue reading

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Dutch Royals Participate in MADD

  March 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm by

Today, March 2oth, several members of the Dutch Royal Family participated in the first day of Make A Difference Day in Holland. The royal family volunteer their time for this event every year, and it brings out the majority of members of the family. The Prince of Orange and his wife Princess Máxima were helping to fix the De Gagel playground in Utrecht, where the heir to the throne helped … Continue reading

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Death Anniversaries of Queen Juliana And Queen Emma

  March 20, 2009 at 6:35 am by

Five years ago, on 20 March 2004, queen Juliana of The Netherlands passed away at the age of 94 at Soestdijk Palace in Baarn. The queen reigned The Netherlands for nearly 32 years, from 1948 until her abdication in favor of her eldest daughter Beatrix in 1980. Juliana married in 1936 to prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. Together they got four daughters: Beatrix, Irene, Margriet and Christina. During her reign the … Continue reading

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‘Queen Beatrix Interferes With Appointment Officials’

  March 20, 2009 at 5:43 am by

Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands regularly interfered with the appointment of Dutch officials in the past. This is claimed by Henk Koning, Ben Bot and Pieter Kooijmans, three former government officials in the KRO programme Reporter, that will be broadcasted on Sunday.   The old politicians do not see a problem in that interferance though, in the end the minister stays responsible for the appointment. In 1991 the queen was … Continue reading

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